July 16, 1945 – The Day the Nuclear Age Began

The bombing of Nagasaki
John P.

The bombing of NagasakiIt’s been exactly 63 years, to the minute, since the first atomic explosion ushered mankind into the Atomic age. The Manhattan Project, as it was called, would eventually reign down the most terrible hell on earth, but may also have saved the entire planet from a much worse fate.

Here is an incredible one hour educational video, called The Moment in Time: The Manhattan Project, created by the University of California which documents the history that led to the development of the bomb.

By the way, here is a little description of that photo I’ve attached:

At the time this photo was made, smoke billowed 20,000 feet above Hiroshima while smoke from the burst of the first atomic bomb had spread over 10,000 feet on the target at the base of the rising column.


  1. says

    Not many realize this, but more people died during the Battle of Okinawa than all those killed during the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Okinawa’s horrible death toll was a deciding factor on using The Bomb.

  2. Peggy Etheridge says

    People have many opinions on the dropping of the bomb, but my Dad believes it saved his life. He was on a ship headed to Japan to fight on the front lines when the bomb was dropped. Come to think of it, I may not have ever been born!

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